Boy stable after accidental shooting in Centerville home

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  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 25, 2017 7:22 a.m.

    @Sad Sack - with all due respect to gun enthusiasts, and those fearing the omnipresent threat of home invasions, we can secure loaded weapons in the home from toddlers, we can educate children and teenagers about gun safety... but this does *nothing* to address the 80% of Utah gun deaths which are suicides.

    I'm old enough that I've known - or had one degree of separation from - 25 people killed by guns here in Utah: Two murders, two accidents, and 21 suicides. Even here in Utah, a gun is far more likely to used in the death of its owner than it is to repel a home invader.

    But keep telling yourselves this would never happen to you or somebody you know.

  • Sad Sack Hurricane, UT
    Dec. 24, 2017 2:11 p.m.

    While I hate to see this, apparently the child is not too seriously injured. This Time. Hopefully, the situation will teach not only him, but the persons responsible for him being able to get hold of this firearm, a lesson.
    I have a real problem with firearms being left accessible to kids.
    But I also have a real problem with the idea that all firearms need to be locked up separately from the ammunition. Too many years in law enforcement has left me with the basic truth that if you have a weapon for protection, whether at home, in a vehicle, or on your person, having it in anything other than a loaded state just negates the reason for having it in the first place.
    But for heaven's sake, if you do keep a firearm for protection do a few things to make it safer.
    First, keep it in a location where a child cannot get to it. (I'm talking toddler here.)
    Second, teach your kids about gun safety.
    Third, take your kids to the range, and let them use the weapon, while you supervise it. In other words, remove the "mystery" surrounding it.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    Dec. 24, 2017 12:35 p.m.

    Gun safes are relatively inexpensive. Gun injuries are expensive on so many levels.

  • Tumbleweed Centerville, UT
    Dec. 24, 2017 11:20 a.m.

    In the 50's and 60's, I don't recall any of our friends' families having a gun safe. Deer and rabbit hunting provided dramatic examples of the destructive nature of bullets. We learned to never point a gun at anything we didn't want to destroy and kept our fingers off the trigger until we were ready to fire. We assumed the guns in the house were loaded for defense of family. Hunting and shooting were times when our families bonded. My friends and I had free access to guns to kick around in the desert unsupervised at age 12. Kids were trusted with real guns to take to school for school plays and skits. We all had guns in our trucks for hunting after school. At college, dorm rooms had deer rifles for the Fall deer hunt. I never lost a friend to a gun accident, no one shot up the schools. I don't even remember a gun accident injuring a friend. Something has changed, but the guns haven't.

  • emb Pleasant Grove, UT
    Dec. 24, 2017 4:24 a.m.

    Put the guns away from children. emb

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    Dec. 23, 2017 9:52 p.m.

    How many things have to go wrong to have this type of accident?

    1. There has to be a gun that is not secured. Guns should be in a locked container or safe if there is even a remote chance that a child may be in the home, even visiting. Certainly the gun should not be accessible to a curious child.
    2. The gun should not be loaded. Storing ammo and the weapon separately is good practice.
    3. A bullet should not be chambered.
    4. The safety should be on.
    5. Trigger locks are an added measure of safety.

    Any one of these simple precautions could avert a tragedy. When used in combination, an "accident" like this is highly unlikey. By the way, "accident" is not really a good word when we are being careless. Speeding, tail-gating, driving on worn-out tires, etc. are asking for trouble and "accidents" that happen when folks are driving under these conditions are not really accidents, because the consequences are readily foreseeable and much more likely when these behaviors are exhibited. Same thing goes for thoughtless storage of firearms.